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How to handle protests

How should Singapore handle protests against government policies?

For example, there are many peoples who are against vaccination and the restrictions imposed on the unvaccinated, which they consider to be discriminatory.

In some countries, they will protest on the streets. However, the protest could become violent and might be exploited by malicious parties, including foreign parties.

If there is no avenue for people to air their grievances, it will have negative consequences.

There is an avenue for people to protest online, but the messages are often quite messy and could become quite confused.

I suggest this approach:

1. Provide a platform for issues to be raised on for people to vote for or against the issue.

2. If the support for the issue reaches the first threshold, the authority should be obliged to give a reply. The reply should be posted in the platform.

3. If the support reaches the second threshold, the authority should organize a town hall meeting. The people to be invited into the meeting could be picked by a random draw from among the people who expressed interest to attend. The meeting could be conducted online. The meeting should be recorded and released to the public.

I hope that this approach could provide a satisfactory platform for the public to air their disagreement with government policies and get a reply.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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28 Responses to “How to handle protests”

  • Swiss referendum:

    Mr TKL, your suggestion leads only to more talk. USELESS.

    Want to do, better do the Swiss way. Swiss citizens can start a referendum.

    It’s very easy.
    1. Write the referendum details, i.e. the new law.
    2. Collect 50,000 Swiss signatures (they have 8.5 million people) within 100 days.
    3. Gov then must arrange the referendum.
    3. >50% vote means the new law comes into effect.

    This completely bypasses and overrides the political parties.

    Great, isn’t?

    But PAP will never give up power like this. VTO is the only real solution.

    VTO. VTO! VTO!!

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  • Tay:

    Swiss Referendum. Those who protest are the one making noise, majority are the quiet one. Who knows what is right or wrong.

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  • A2:

    Country that never make an effort to self

    sustain,always depend on import,,..its time to

    Say good bye.

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  • MarBowling:

    THINK the First Person to JOIN and INCLUDE in this Holee Platform should be the INVENTOR of this “How should SinKapore handle protests against Coverment policies”, Tan Golden Chain! This Holee platform should be chaired by King of TKSS, CCS(Cotton Comes from Shits), assisted by Ong Yee Con. The Impotent oops Important Person to ENDORSE the EVENTUAL IMPLEMENTATION of ALL PROS and CONS of this Holee Platform should be our Pre$ident Halimau.

    For fairness and transparency, Mai Hum and Wifey Holee Jinx should RECUSE themselves from ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS HOLEE PLATFORM! Tan Golden Chain, what do you think?

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  • A2:

    I got ex construction friends say during 1996.A

    800 unit plus 1 multi 6 storey car park can

    Complete in 500days.manpower needed is 200

    beginning, slowly down to 100 when 60% to 70%

    construction stage.really How much levy is enough!

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  • Kelong:

    ;Joker”We need to import more people..

    (So can collect levies to cover our pay and purchase more covid testing kits).

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  • Kelong:

    President asscend to 2b do what no say.

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  • Feedback:

    Better listen to genuine feedback constrictively .
    If not ,they will do it at the ballot.
    For one, need to ensure that all FTs are really talented and worth their pay.
    Not at the expense of local PMETs…
    MOM should check thoroughly any new EP or renewal EP submission to ensure no abuse of the system.

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  • Ong Ye Kung talking cock:

    Straits Times: S’pore will stay open to the world, continue to welcome foreign contributions: Ong Ye Kung

    PAP is playing “fast-and-loose” with the facts. It made it a zero-sum game.

    PAP allowed foreigners to “contribute” in Singapore by giving them the job of Singaporeans so they can no longer do the same. Thousands of Singaporeans PMETs lost their job to foreigners since LHL became PM. Singaporeans who still had jobs saw their wages depressed by the large influx of “cheap” (no CPF) foreigners.

    PAP is indeed pro-alien. LHL has been a TOTAL DISASTER for Singaporeans. He is indeed a TOTAL FAILURE. Singaporeans should throw out the pro-alien PAP at the next GE. It should be buried with LKY. Both should be made “GDP” (GOOD DEAD PERMANENTLY)

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Singapore has a Hong Lim Park for protest, but you need a permit to do so. Often it was not granted!

    Even we protested once on the issue of 6.9M Population White Paper, the Minister denied there was such a white paper.

    The only way to protest in Singapore is the polling slips!!

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  • ABSOLUTELY CORRECT:

    Swiss referendum:
    Mr TKL, your suggestion leads only to more talk. USELESS.

    Want to do, better do the Swiss way. Swiss citizens can start a referendum.

    It’s very easy.
    1. Write the referendum details, i.e. the new law.
    2. Collect 50,000 Swiss signatures (they have 8.5 million people) within 100 days.
    3. Gov then must arrange the referendum.
    3. >50% vote means the new law comes into effect.

    This completely bypasses and overrides the political parties.

    Great, isn’t?

    But PAP will never give up power like this. VTO is the only real solution.

    VTO. VTO! VTO!!

    TKL is dreaming.

    PAP will never really listen and will never change because this would mean it made a mistake. Did LKY ever admit he made a mistake?

    The only solution to Singaporeans problems is to VTO. REGIME CHANGE.

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  • Celebrating what?:

    Celebrating what?:
    Straits Times: S’pore’s National Day Parade 2021: What to expect and how to catch it live

    Singaporeans who are “celebrating” National Day should ask themselves what are they really celebrating. These are what they are celebrating:

    (1) Lack of basic freedoms and a free press.

    (2) Massive loss of jobs to foreigners.

    (3) Over-priced, poor quality and depreciating HDB flats.

    (4) Spending hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money on foreigners studying in Singapore

    (5) High-prices (1st World Cost of Living) with stagnant wages

    (6) Fumbling through the pandemic and wasting billions of taxpayers’ money

    (7) “Reactive” instead of “proactive” government

    (8) Lack of openness, transparency and accountability in the public sector.

    (9) Exam-smart local graduates with poor analytical and communication skills

    (10) Private tuition the norm in local pre-tertiary education.

    (11) Paying Ministers and top civil servants millions each annually – the highest on the planet from a country that is the smallest on the planet.

    (12) Mediocrity

    (13) Depleted CPF account after paying for “affordable and subsidized” HDB flat

    (14) “Mickey Mouse” , “flaky” economy dependent on low wages

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Swiss referendum:
    It’s very easy.
    1. Write the referendum details, i.e. the new law.
    2. Collect 50,000 Swiss signatures (they have 8.5 million people) within 100 days.
    3. Gov then must arrange the referendum.
    3. >50% vote means the new law comes into effect.

    This completely bypasses and overrides the political parties.

    Great, isn’t?

    But PAP will never give up power like this. VTO is the only real solution.

    VTO. VTO! VTO!!

    With gullible voters like you no wonder Opposition keep losing to us PAP.

    Taiwan voters reject same-sex marriage in referendums
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-46329877

    Though Taiwan voters reject same-sex marriage in referendums by large margin, fake degree scammer Tsai use her parliament majority to bypass the referendum.
    Hahahaha….this is democratic in action …. respecting the people wish..only the fools will believe.

    Can all the demoncratic supporters fools tell me does referendum works in demoncratic ?

    Taiwan lawmakers back same-sex marriage
    https://www.reuters.com/article/cnews-us-taiwan-lgbt-idCAKCN1SN0A6-OCATP

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Dear TKL,
    The way to handle protest is:
    1. Organizer must first put down deposit $50,000 to guarantee that the protest will be peaceful.
    2. If the protest turns violent which led to peoples being injured or property being damaged, the deposit will be confiscated to treat the injured or compensate damaged property.
    3. If the amount is not enough, the organizer will have to absorb all the costs/claims against him/her. Period.

    GE2024.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$

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  • nitrogen:

    Swiss referendum:
    Mr TKL, your suggestion leads only to more talk. USELESS.

    Want to do, better do the Swiss way. Swiss citizens can start a referendum.

    It’s very easy.
    1. Write the referendum details, i.e. the new law.
    2. Collect 50,000 Swiss signatures (they have 8.5 million people) within 100 days.
    3. Gov then must arrange the referendum.
    3. >50% vote means the new law comes into effect.

    This completely bypasses and overrides the political parties.

    Great, isn’t?

    But PAP will never give up power like this. VTO is the only real solution.

    VTO. VTO! VTO!!

    Very well said, bro. Agree. Agree. Agree.

    to start, there must be referendum on pap paying each other S$m year in year out. We say it is wrong. because which pap Lj or pap Cb is worth S$m?

    pap says, Dr so and so made S$4m pa before joining pap. ffff. a good Dr means a good government? NO.

    pap says, this lawyer S$2m pa before joining pap. ffff. a good lawyer means a good government? NO.

    pap say, this pap Cb was ceo of this pap company, this pap Lj is ceo of this pap setup. ffff. outside of pap, which pap Lj or pap Cb inside pap is making S$m outside of pap company outside of pap setup?

    So, for pap to enrich each pap clan member with S$m is wrong. If referendum agrees it is ok, we got nothing to say. but pap did it without referendum. so it is theft by pap.

    next, there must be referendum on presidential election criterion. why turn race and S$m as qualification barriers? if each voter decided that the hawker standing for PE is worthy to be president of Singapore, who can say it is wrong? 1 citizen 1 vote. if hawker wins, it means majority of citizens say hawker is worthy to represent them as head of state.

    So, for pap to say must be malay and must be speaker and above role or S$m role before being eligible to stand for PE is wrong. it is nothing but a gimmick by pap to elect an INDIAN as a malay president.

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  • Bernard:

    Dear Mr Tan KL,
    Please state why “there are many people against vaccination.”
    Present the whole truth and not report half truth or what meets your agenda.
    Not for your own Glory, accreditation, self actualisation etc..

    You sabotaged the Presidential Election for your own personal agenda just like Tan JS.
    Knowing you will not win but yet, join the fray.

    What was your agenda and intent then and now?
    I can only guesstimate.
    (1) As a past loyal draft servant turn useless, you vent your anger like a spoiled kid.
    (2) You are possibly continuing and enjoying (monetary rewards) thus, one of many Serpents.
    (3) Others – only you know best.

    I sincerely apologise if I wronged you but, based on your past and present doing and writing; touch your heart – ARE YOU DOING IT and SPEAKING OUT FOR the POPULACE or OTHERWISE?

    If the LATTER, please go enjoy your retirement with your family.
    Stop being a wolf in sheep clothing.

    If you are totally for the POPULACE and GOOD for the ONLY Country called SINGAPORE WE LIVE and HAVE than; with your popularity (with some) do the needful.

    CHANGE IS INEVITABLE – MERDEKA

    NOTE: KAMAR IS REAL.

    GOD BLESS

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  • Protect Aliens Party:

    Mr Tan, may I know when you came up with this suggestion, who do you have in mind to initiate / implement this idea? LEEder himself? OR which ministers? Surely they’d not care two hoots a suggestion coming from an ex-president candidate let alone any ordinary citizen, right?

    C’mon, Mr Tan! Why would the pap want to let the outside world know that sporeans are unhappy with their policies? Cannot see any protest means no protest. And no protest means people are not unhappy with the pap mah. Why would they be so stupid to provide a platform for people to protest and show disagreement with their policies?

    Unless you become the next president, Mr Tan, otherwise as long as pap remains majority in parliament and sg president is pap’s puppet, don’t be naive to even think that they’d be so stupid to allow people any chance for protest especially online when people can hide their faces. (Protests held in Hong Lim used to attract few people, why? Coz people are afraid to show their faces mah.)

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  • Vote for the Opposition:

    If you are not happy with the pap govt, VOTE FOR THE OPPOSITION IN THE NEXT ELECTION !!

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  • Harder Truths:

    What protests?

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  • PAP Contribute Moderna Vaccine:

    I totally disagree with the PAP’s policy of contributing 500,000 doses of Moderna Vaccine to Brunei which is a very rich country with oil.

    Is the PAP having too much money ? If they have too much money, why don’t they contribute to Singapore old and sick citizens who are unemployed or under employed instead of using the taxpayer mo0ney to donate to other countries ?

    Please take care of your own people first or else all of us will Vote You Out in the coming GE. WTF

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  • Lie Con u eat shit:

    For starters, HARD TRUTH the one that can con u still WILL NOT GET up from the grave. Singapore and Singaporeans ARE SUFFERING but the BASTARD STILL SLEEPING IN HIS GRAVE.
    The BIGGEST MISTAKE con u DID WAS TO APPOINT HIS RETARDED SON AS PM.
    LHL THE BASTARD SON saying things like FOR YOU,WITH YOU.MOTHER FUCKER LHL you still earning you millions when poor Singaporeans loosing their jobs to your darling FT.LEE KAYU once said if the citizens vote for opposition our women folk will be mads in neibouring countries.
    Look at the suitation here in Singapore now we are driving taxi, security guards and doing all the lowly jobs while these PAP and their cronies live in in their IVORY TOWER.
    This PAP BASTARDS ARE LIKE THE PIGS IN ANIMAL FARM, enjoying their good life while the rest of Singaporeans suffer. I pray that this USELESS PM of ours drops dead soon.

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  • Suffering Stockholm Syndrome:

    Straits Times: NDP 2021: A parade to lift spirits

    Singaporeans who participated and/or watched NDP 2021 or celebrated National Day are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

    Stockholm syndrome is an emotional response. It happens to some abuse and hostage victims when they have positive feelings toward an abuser or captor. The victim develops positive feelings toward the person holding them captive or abusing them.

    After 5+ decades under PAP without basic freedom and a free press most Singaporeans can no longer think clearly and see how the PAP has been abusing them big-time. PAP has “terrorized” Singaporeans to silence and conformity for so long they can no longer think. (“Thinking Schools, Learning Nation”). Most Singaporeans have become “spineless” and mediocre.

    What was really “lifted” in Singapore. Here are few good examples:

    (1) Jobs of Singaporeans were given to foreigners

    (2) Cash in CPF account were exchanged for over-priced, poor quality and depreciating (to ZERO) HDB flat.

    (3) Hundreds of millions of taxpayers’ money was used on foreigners studying in Singapore

    (4) Saving of Singaporeans had to be spent on private tuition because of PAP’s “pick-the-70%-losers” who cannot have a local tertiary education.

    (5) Taxpayers money to pay highest pay on the planet for Cabinet Ministers and top civil servants without accountability.

    BTW, Singaporeans should also ask themselves why the National Flag can only be flown one month before and one month after National Day. This is unique to Singapore. The reason is because LKY did not want a symbol (the flag) to remind Singaporeans that Singapore is NOT PAP and PAP is NOT Singapore.

    Singaporeans should let the above sink in. They should then ask themselves if there is really anything to celebrate on Aug 9. Why celebrate living in a police state where foreigners have priority for jobs and in education?

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  • xoxo:

    Whats there to protest really?
    60 plus percent of sgs choose to remain farked forever,regardless what may befall them,joblessness or not?

    Take vaccination.
    ALL THE YOUNGER SGS RUSHED TO GET VACCINATED ON THE BLOW OF THE WHISTLE BY OYK N OTHERS.
    ONLY MOSTLY SENIORS WAITED TO SEE.
    NOW,ONLY 8 PCT REMAINED UNVACCINATED?

    So,thats less than 40 pct who dont trust the PAPies.

    Nothing to protest here!

    I am still on wait and see mode,my wife and me.
    The youngsters have all got vaccinated.

    I remain sceptical of govts’ intentions.
    WHY NO NON-mRNA vaccine still after more than 4 over billions,at least,of human trials over a year or so?
    If pharma can produce current forms of vaccines at such speed,i wonder why they cannot do likewise for a MORE MEANINGFUL IMPROVED VACCINE with ALL THE GLOBAL SAMPLE RESULTS?

    ISNT IT SIMPLER,JUST AN EXTENTION OF ORIGINAL REAEARCH ,MERELY A TWEAK?

    TALK ABOUT ADVANCEMENT!

    BTW,REGARDING PROTESTS.

    DO YOU SEE OUR YOUNG TELLING THEIR PARENTS THAT THEY NEED TO GO TO WORK SO THAT THEIR PARENTS WONT CAUSE THE YOUNG SGS TO HAVE A HIGHER FUTURE TAX BURDEN AS LOUDLY PROCLAIMED BY LEE AH LONG?!
    BUT WHEN LEE AH LONG LOOTED OUR RESERVES PF $100 BILLION N HANDED A LARE PART OF IT TO EVEN NON-sgs ,the PRs/FTs,OUR YOUNG IS SO SILENT AND NEVER KPKB AT ALL?!

    FORGET ABOUT PROTEST,OLDER sgs
    Take time to relax,even if you are poor.
    LET THE YOUNG START TO REALISE THEY MUST STAND UP FOR SG ,WHICH IS the same AS STANDING UP FOR THEMSELVES!

    IF THEY CAN PROTEST AGAINST OWN PARENTS RECEIVING SOCIAL SECURITY OR JOBLESS BENEFITS,THEY CAN PROTEST WHEN THEIR OWN INTERESTS ARE NEGATIVELY AFFECTED..

    NOW,of not for COVID,i strongly WELCOME FTs to wake up our bochup YOUNG sinkies.

    You cam thumb me down but thats ok as long as what i say cam help sgs to wake up.

    WELCOME FTs,fakers of false degrees.
    As long as you are *SKILLED*,its ok.
    Even FAKING DEGREES IS A SKILL SET sgs dont have,eh??.

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  • xoxo:

    Btw,sgs,you can *COUNT them* (G) to make SG * HOME TO ALIENS*.
    SIN KA POR IS NOW MORE LIKE *STRANGER-port*???

    Come,come,come and fiack these daft sgs up.
    Rob their jobs,*spit* at them,screw their women,do whatever you want.
    U can flying-kick the policeman too,we wont fault you.
    You can easy road-run after knocking down someone as long as you are diplomat?

    WE are hell-bent to make the daft sgs second-class in their own country.
    We open borders,open legs by all means to let you,crooks and all,in.
    ISTANA N PARleeMEnt are the 2 places you CANT GO IN?

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  • xoxo:

    WP IS OPPOSITION *CHAIR*( LEADER,though ANOINTED BY PAP).
    WHY IS WP SO QUIET ON THE $100 BILLION APPLICATIOS(ALLOTMENT) OF FUNDS?

    WHERE EXACTLY THE $100 BILLION WENT *INTO*?

    There are MANY NON-DESERVING FTs who receive manifold the meagre $600 many MORE DESERVING IMPOVERISHED nation-builders ,is that FAIR POLICY PRACTICE OF A TRULY NATIONALISTIC ELECTED GOVT?
    WHERE IS EQUITY N INTEGRITY OF PUBLIC POLICY,

    MINISTERS MPs and OPPO MPs,please enlighten.
    Elected President n Presidential Office,please audit since you are AUTHORISOR.
    IS APPROVAL WITHOUT AUDIT A GOOD PRACTICE FOR NATIONAL RESERVES APPLICATIONS?

    As a concerned and bona fide/ loyal citizen,i humbly seek clarification.

    I strongly trust our G to uphold integrity.

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  • Not natural aristocracy? WTF..:

    Mr. Tan, did your RI classmate Chok Tong inspire you to extol the Swiss citizen referendum? In any case, Woody and his elitist corporate politicians are very well $tocked by any Swiss standards – don’t know if you’re among them.

    Too bad! in order to reward themselves obscenely they have been calibrating and tweaking citizen “retirement savings” like perverse lunatics lunging at our cookie jars crying out: “For GLC! for GDP! for country’s sakes!”

    Wah Fuiyyoh! Lan sai bo chap ah!

    $$$Woody$$$ has been “un-medicocre” for decades now; but why didn’t the kapitan go down together with his sunken NOL? Just delegated the bridge to kah kia Umbrage Ng, and he him$elf relak on top of chee kee koo chee kee platform ah?

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  • Protest is easy:

    Nearly all Singaporeans know that our Govt allow us to protest once in 5 yrs.
    But 70% of stupid Singaporeans vote for PAP and complain for next 5 yrs.

    Let’s protest by voting PAP out in next election. Let’s push for PAP to lose another 3 GRCs and a few SMC. Let’s bring Lawyer Lim Tean, Dr Paul and Dr Chee into the Parliament.

    This is the ONLY way to stage a protest, via the ballot box.

    Singaporeans, get matured and for the sake of your children or grand childen, please send your protest votes to win 3 more GRCS for the Opposition.

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  • Asd:

    I think what happen to the man hold card protest at hawker to say support hawker because nobody support hawker so he protest one man show

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